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Dolores Costello (1903–1979)

Dolores Costello was once known as the Goddess of the Silent Screen but is probably best remembered today as Drew Barrymore's grandmother. She was born in 1905 to actors Maurice Costello and Mae Costello. Her father began his film career in 1908. He would soon become the most popular matinée idol of his day. He gave Dolores and her sister Helene ... See full bio »

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Known For

The Magnificent Ambersons
The Magnificent Ambersons Isabel Amberson Minafer
Old San Francisco
Old San Francisco Dolores Vasquez
The Sea Beast
The Sea Beast Esther Harper
When a Man Loves
When a Man Loves Manon Lescaut


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 1943 This Is the Army
Mrs. Davidson
 1942 The Magnificent Ambersons
Isabel Amberson Minafer
 1939 Outside These Walls
Margaret Bronson
 1939 Whispering Enemies
Laura Crandall
 1939 King of the Turf
Eve Barnes
 1938 Breaking the Ice
Martha Martin
 1938 The Beloved Brat
Helen Cosgrove
 1936 Yours for the Asking
Lucille Sutton (as Dolores Costello Barrymore)
 1936 Little Lord Fauntleroy
'Dearest' (as Dolores Costello Barrymore)
 1931 Expensive Women
Connie Newton
 1930 Second Choice
Vallery Grove
 1929 The Show of Shows
Performer in 'Meet My Sister' Number
 1929 Hearts in Exile
Vera Zuanova
 1929 Madonna of Avenue A
Maria Morton
 1929 Glad Rag Doll
Annabel Lee
 1929 The Redeeming Sin
Joan Billaire
 1928 Noah's Ark
Marie / Miriam
 1928 Glorious Betsy
Betsy Patterson
 1928 Tenderloin
Rose Shannon
 1927 The College Widow
Jane Witherspoon
 1927 The Heart of Maryland
Maryland Calvert
 1927 Old San Francisco
Dolores Vasquez
 1927 A Million Bid
Dorothy Gordon
 1927 When a Man Loves
Manon Lescaut
 1926 The Third Degree
Annie Daly
 1926 The Little Irish Girl
Dot Walker
 1926 Bride of the Storm
Faith Fitzhugh
 1926 The Sea Beast
Esther Harper
 1926 Mannequin
Joan Herrick
 1925 Bobbed Hair
Undetermined Secondary Role (uncredited)
 1925 Greater Than a Crown
Isabel Frances / Princess of Lividia
 1923 Lawful Larceny
Nora the maid
 1923 The Glimpses of the Moon
Secondary Role
 1915 The Heart of Jim Brice (Short)
 1915 The Evil Men Do (Short)
David - as a Little Boy
 1914 Too Much Burglar (Short)
 1914 Etta of the Footlights (Short)
 1914 Some Steamer Scooping (Short)
The Little Stowaway
 1913 Fellow Voyagers (Short)
Little Dolores Gray
 1913 In the Shadow (Short)
Neighbor Girl
 1913 The Hindoo Charm (Short)
Dolores Tilbury - the Older Child
 1913 A Birthday Gift (Short)
 1912 Ida's Christmas (Short)
Ida - the Little Smith Girl
 1912 Song of the Shell (Short)
Little Bess M.
 1912 The Toymaker (Short)
Little Dot Avery
 1912/I The Irony of Fate (Short)
Fourth Child
 1912 Bobby's Father (Short)
Bobby Ramsay
 1912 Captain Barnacle's Legacy (Short)
Ruth - Barnacle's Adopted Daughter
 1912 Her Grandchild (Short)
Little Janet - the Grandchild
 1912 Vultures and Doves (Short)
Mrs. Hanley's Little Girl
 1912 Wanted... a Grandmother (Short)
 1912 A Juvenile Love Affair (Short)
Jane - Alvin's Sweetheart
 1912 The Money Kings (Short)
 1912 Lulu's Doctor (Short)
 1912 She Never Knew (Short)
Mr. Blinn's Granddaughter
 1912 For the Honor of the Family (Short)
Alice - the Child
 1912 The Meeting of the Ways (Short)
One of Tom's Children
 1912 Captain Jenks' Dilemma (Short)
One of Widow Brown's Children
 1911 Some Good in All (Short)
Betty Lane - John's Daughter
 1911 A Reformed Santa Claus (Short)
The Widow's 1st Child
 1911 His Sister's Children (Short)
Buster aka Budge - One of the Children
 1911 The Child Crusoes (Short)
 1911 The Geranium (Short)
 1910 The Telephone (Short)
The Child
 1909 A Midsummer Night's Dream (Short)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Costello and sister Helene modeled for top magazine illustrators including James Montgomery Flagg's illustration for Adele Rogers St. John's popular serial, "The Skyrocket." See more »

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Alternate Names:

Dolores Costello Barrymore


5' 4" (1.63 m)

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Personal Quote:

John [ex-husband John Barrymore] came to me just before he died, and told me he was sorry.


WAMPAS Baby Star award winner for 1926 See more »


Goddess of the Silent Screen

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